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THACKRAY, Catherine Sharp (1922-1999)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 7CTH
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: THACKRAY, Catherine Sharp (1922-1999)
Date(s): 1968-1997
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 0.5 box
Name of creator(s): Thackray | Catherine Sharp | 1922-1999 | psychologist and activist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Catherine Thackray was born in May 1922, the daughter of Margery Sharp and one of eight children. The family moved to France before returning to Cambridge where Catherine attended the Perse School. As the Second World War broke out, she began work at the Fulham Day Nursery where she worked or a short time until she moved to working at Barclays' Bank and then on to Southwark Day Nursery. However, she went on to enlist in the ATS as a Specialist Wireless Operator and was posted to Harrogate, Shenly, Lancashire, Derby and then Aldermaston. She left the service in 1943 and then went on to study at the London University Collage, obtaining a diploma in Social Sciences. In 1944 she joined the Battersea Labour party, going on to join the Central London branch of the Fabian Society three years later. In 1949 she married Lawrence Thackery and completed her training as a psychiatric social worker at the Tavistock Clinic. In 1949 the couple moved to Surrey. Catherine Thackery began work at the Woking Child Guidance Clinic the next year before they moved once again, this time to Huddersfield in 1951. There she became a volunteer at the local Citizens' Advice Bureau and the local secretary of CND. In 1953 she was elected the councillor for the Milnsbridge ward. When her first child was born in 1956 she continued her work for another fourteen months before resigning her position. After this she was a house worker for 12 years before returning to teaching when the youngest of her children went to school. She taught at the local technical college before working at the new secondary modern. Her research into the lives of seventy married women was published in 'Education' in 1968. She remained active in the anti-nuclear movement until the end of her life and in 1984 she was arrested during a protest outside of Greenham Common. She died in 1997.


Scope and content/abstract:

Autobiographical writings by Catherine Thackray collated by her daughter Rebecca Thackray into an autobiography; copies of published articles and poetry by Catherine Thackray; copies of obituaries of Catherine Thackray.

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This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Catherine Thackray in 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The papers of Thackray's mother (Marjory Sharpe (nee Ingle) (ref. GB 106 7/HSH) are also held by the Women's Library. Catherine Sharp also deposited the Papers of Millie Price (nee Browne) (ref 7MPR).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
This document was generated by Javascript from an HTML form which structured the input according to the elements of ISAD(G) Version 2. Collection description by the Archives Hub, Jan 2002, amended by the Genesis Project Manager, Apr 2002. Based upon a Fawcett Library description by Anna Greening dated Feb 1997. Amended Mar 2008. Edited for AIM25 by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Dec 2008

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